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Rutland Historical Society

The Rutland Historical Society was founded in 1969 to serve the original town of Rutland which includes the present towns of Proctor, Rutland Town, West Rutland and the City of Rutland.  Our video collection contains the Society’s award winning Historically Speaking Episodes, which includes interviews and historical pictorial material in a flexible TV magazine format. Moments in History Episodes provides brief segments chronicling Rutland’s past.  Notes From the Past focuses on political and economic issues of the past that have a relevance to similar issues today.

Our text collection consists of Historical Society Quarterlies, "Tidbits from Then and Now" by Helen Davidson. Also included is a growing list of Rutland Directories.

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Rutland Historical Society 321
Rutland, Vermont 278
Historically Speaking 137
Moments In History 134
Rutland 41
Vermont 41
Proctor Free Library 13
Rutland Free Library 11
Notes From The Past 9
Moments in History 6
Annual Reports 4
Rutland Historical Society Quarterlies 4
Dorr & Steele 2
Electric Vermont 2
First Republic Brass 2
Genealogical Research 2
Rutland Vermont 2
Test 2
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"Civil War Medical Care" 1
"Did You Know That” 1
"Family and History" 1
"Lincoln Iron Works" 1
"Presidential Visits" 1
"Rutland Civil War Recap" 1
"Rutland Railway Association" 1
"The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project." 1
"Who is Frank Eugair?" 1
"Winter Carnival" 1
10 Tips for Family Researchers 1
100th show 1
1903 Mediterranean Tour 1
225th Anniversary Battle of Hubbardton 1
40th Anniversary of the Rutland Historical Society 1
8th Annual Vermont History Expo 2007 1
A Climb to the Star 1
Activities and volunteer opportunities 1
Activities at Mt. Independence 1776-77 1
Agriculture in Rutland 1
Antique Wedding Gowns/Fabrics 1
Around Pittsford 1
Banks, Banking and Money 1
Behind the Walls 1
Big Band Music 1
Calvin & Grace Coolidge 1
Civil War Era Coins, Stamps, Paper 1
Civil War Exhibit 1
Civil War Uniforms and Clothing 1
Dimensions of Marble 1
Early Aviation History 1
Electric Rutland 1
Ella Bean Livingston 1
Faces of the Past 1 1
Faces of the Past 2 1
Family Photo Album As Social History 1
Farm Museum at the Rutland Fair 1
Forgotten President: Chester A. Arthur 1
Franco-American Immigration 1
Frank Hinchey 1920's West Rutland 1
Geologic History of Rutland Vermont 1
George Schmitt 1
Ghosts in Vermont 1
Glass Plate Negatives 1
Glass Plates 1890 Maps of Rutland 1
Gleaning Knowledge from Old Photos 1
Grace Church in Rutland Vermont 1
Greek Immigration to Rutland 1
Growing Up on a Rutland Town Farm 1
Health in Rutland 1903 1
History of Rutland Town 1
History of the Loyalty Day Parade 1
History of the Rutland Courts 1
History of the Rutland Halloween Parade 1
Horse Race to Rutland 1
How to begin using Heritage Quest 1
Immigration of Swedes to Rutland 1
Importance of State and Local History 1
Influenza Epidemic of 1918 Rutland City 1
Internet Archive 1
Irish Immigration Experience 1
Irish Immigration to Rutland 1
Italian Immigration to Rutland 1
Jewish Immigration to Rutland 1
Julia C. R. Dorr 1825-1913 1
Larry Kelley Family Researcher 1
League of Local Historical Societies 1
Libraries in the Technology Age 1
Life in Rutland County 1
Long Trail 1
Longtrail Lodge 1
Loyalty Day Parade and Living History 1
MARA Multiracial Alliance of the Rutland Area 1
Men and Women Who Served in World War II 1
Merusi Photographs 1
Miners 1
More Merusi Photographs 1
Multi-Ethnic Rutland 1
National Christmas Tree from Vermont 1
New York Giants vs. Rutland All-Stars - 1916 1
Photo Album of Rutland 1898 1
Pico Raceway 1
Polish Immigration to the Rutland Area 1
Political Messages in Ordinary Objects 1
Practicing History 1
Proctor Fall Festival 1
Real Estate Appraisals 1
Remembering the Flood of 1947 1
Resources for Rutland History: 1850 - 1890 1
Restoration of Old Cemeteries 1
Revolutionary War Musicians 1
Rutland All Dressed Up 1
Rutland Baseball History 1
Rutland Cemeteries 1
Rutland Creek Path 1
Rutland Directory 1914 1
Rutland Fair 1930s - 1960s 1
Rutland History Days 2005 1
Rutland Jewish Community 1
Rutland Physical Activity Coalition 1
Rutland Pioneer Aviator 1
Rutland Railroad Day 1
Rutland Royals 1938-1941 1
Rutland in Retrospect 1
Rutland in Retrospect (Book) 1
Rutland oral history 1
Rutland's Spring Heritage 1
Sam Slick Fictional Itinerant Peddler 1
Sampling of Historically Speaking 1
Society Activities 1
Society Web Site 1
Sons of Union Veterans Civil War 1
The Bates House Fire 1906 1
The Black Presence in Rutland 1
The Changing Ways History is Conveyed 1
The Dorr Women 1
The Flood of 1927 1
The History of Rutland High School 1
The History of Vermont Weather 1
The North and South: A Woman's Perspective 1
The Rutland 1884 Map 1
The Treasures of the Rutland Historical Society 1
The Treasures of the Rutland Historical Society (Part 2) 1
Traces of Holidays Past 1
Turning Junk Into Stuff of History 1
Turning Your Junk Into the Stuff of History (Part 2) 1
Two Old Rutland Films 1
Vermont Historical Society's New Center 1
Vermont History Expo of 2003 1
Vermont State Fair 1941 1
Volunteer Needs at the Society 1
Volunteering at the Society 1
Website 1
Who is Julia? 1
World War II and Remembering Korea 1
Young Eyes Look At Long Ago Proctor 1
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Babe Ruth and Red Sox Barnstorm in Rutland-1919
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Rutland County WWI Veterans Celebration at Rutland Fair-1919
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Luther Brown of the Multiracial Alliance of the Rutland Area (MARA) talks about the history and purpose of MARA. Jim Davidson of the Rutland Historical Society describes the "Black Presence In Rutland in the Late 18th and Early 19th Century Up To the End of the Civil War". Rutland had a number of black persons of significant achievement. Persons of color also comprised over one percent of the Rutland population by 1860. Rutland contributed 20 black members to the Massachusetts 54th...
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Dorothy Whitford hosts Jim Davidson in a discussion of the history of the Rutland Courts and their court records. Jim and Dorothy have been involved in the organization of the recently acquired Rutland Munipal Court Records and have a number of stories to share from their perusal of these records. The program includes pictures of the various Rutland court buildings.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, History of the Rutland Courts, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson of the Society presents a video program on the Flood of 1927 which is devoted to pictures of the flood's destruction in the Rutland and Proctor areas. Jim provides a narration which identifies the various pictures and ties them into the story of the flood in the Rutland area. This was the 75 th Anniversary of one of Vermont's greatest natural disasters.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Flood of 1927, Rutland, Vermont
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Dorothy Whitford, Chairperson of the Society's Ad Hoc Glass Plate Committee, is the guest on a program about glass plate negatives. The program briefly discusses the proper care of glass plates and then highlights a number of samples from a collection of glass plates recently acquired by the Society. The samples include both Rutland and Rutland County items. Many are identified by Dorothy but there are some for which we do not know the location or subject. The program is hosted by Jim Davidson.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Glass Plate Negatives, Rutland, Vermont
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Ku Klux Klan in Rutland-1920s
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Sheldons & Slason Reopening an Old Quarry-1866
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Morris Tucker narrates a series of still photos that sample the items and activities that can be found at the Farm Museum at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland. Hosted by Dorothy Whitford.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Farm Museum at the Rutland Fair, Rutland, Vermont
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David Wright, of the Middletown and Rutland Historical Societies presents still pictures of the Long Trail Lodge. David and his family were intimately involved with the lodge for many years and David is able to relate many stories connected with the history of the Long Trail Lodge. The Lodge not only had a close connection with the Long Trail but was also a major meeting place for many Rutland groups. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Longtrail Lodge, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Tony Romeo, Sons of Union Veterans, Ripley Camp # 4, and Mary Ann Goulette, executive director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership in a program about Rutland History Days, 30 April and 1 May 2005. History Days is an attempt to develop an activity on Saturday to accompany the annual Loyalty Day Parade on Sunday. It focuses on Living History military encampments and programs. It is a free program sponsored by the Rutland Parks and Recreation Department, the Sons of Union...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland History Days 2005, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Anna Whooley for a discussion for her research on the Irish immigration experience in Ireland and America. A highlight of the program is Anna's ten-minute monologue presentation in costume of "The Plight of the Irish Mill Girl". Anna writes her own script and designs and makes her own costumes.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Irish Immigration Experience, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts a program about Rutland's early aviation history with Robert Laird, author of Wings Over Vermont, as his guest. The program discusses some of Rutland's early aviators and airfields and the risks of early airflight. Bob shares some of his youthful memories of association with some of these early flyers.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Early Aviation History, Rutland, Vermont
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Dr. Richard Brown of the Rutland Herald presents the photographs of Aldo Merusi. Aldo Merusi was the chief Rutland Herald photographer for thirty years. His widow left a large collection of the negatives of his photos to the Rutland Herald. Dr. Brown has been placed in charge of the project to scan the negatives to provide viewable prints and to attempt identification of the people, places and events in the photos. The Rutland Historical Society has agreed to help in the identification process....
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Merusi Photographs, Rutland, Vermont
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Life In Rutland County shares the stories and memories from 10 local residents who grew up in Rutland County. These engaging stories, told by the people who rode horses to school and even took the trolley from Rutland to Lake Bomoseen, gives us a unique perspective on Vermont history. 
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Life in Rutland County, Rutland oral history, Rutland, Vermont
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Cecil Brothers Program at Town Hall Exposes Spiritualism-1877
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Moments In History, Rutland, Vermont
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Chuck Piotrowski, past archivist of the Society for American Baseball Research and currently Vice-president of the Rutland Historical Society, provides an illustrated history of the Rutland Royals of 1938 - 1941. Scrapbooks of the pre-war Rutland Royals given to the Society by the Martin Family provide material for a detailed history of the Royals and the Northern League. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Royals 1938-1941, Rutland, Vermont
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U.S. Marshall Horace W. Bailey Gives History Lesson to Students-1906
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Moments In History, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Larry Kelley, Family Researcher, in a discussion about the Kelley Family that in the early 19 th Century settled on and owned most of what is today the Creek Road. For years the road from the Dorr Bridge south to the Town Line was called Kelley Road because the land was donated for the road by the Kelley Family. The long gone Park Street covered bridge was also originally called the Kelley Bridge. Larry offers many stories of the area that have been found in his research of...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Larry Kelley Family Researcher, Rutland, Vermont
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Tom Carpenter hosts this program in which Jim Davidson offers a brief history of the big bands that are to provide the music for this summer's big band dance program offered by the Society in cooperation with the Rutland Recreation Department. The program includes pictures of the bands and their leaders as well as short samples of their music. This summer the music of these 18 bands will be available for dancing and listening on Saturday nights at the Godnick Center.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Big Band Music, Rutland, Vermont
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"Around Pittsford". Peggy Armitage of the Pittsford Historical Society is the guest for this episode. "Around Pittsford" is a picture history that includes numerous views from Pittsford, Proctor and Chittenden. Peggy, who edited the book, shows a number of selected photos from the book, especially Proctor, and tells a tale about most. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Around Pittsford, Rutland, Vermont
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Deborah Clifford, an independent scholar who has done a great deal of research on Julia Dorr's life and work, shares an illustrated overview of Julia's life. Deborah as been active with the Vermont Women's History movement and Julia Dorr has been a great example of a 19th Century Rutland woman who let her talents shine in Rutland and throughout the American literary scene. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Dorr Women, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson interviews Roger Bailey, coordinator of Vermont History Expo 2004's co-operative Mining and Quarrying Exhibit. Over 20 local societies have agreed to focus their exhibits this year on the extractive industry in their town or city. This aspect of Vermont's history as a mining state certainly challenges the stereotypical view of Vermont. The program also includes a five minute video clip from the 2003 Vermont History Expo and a brief overview of other events to be seen at the 2004...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Miners, Rutland, Vermont
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"Vermont's Forgotten President: Chester Alan Arthur". One hundred years after his death, Vermonth's first president deserves a new appraisal of his life and times. Mary Fregosi interview Michael Dwyer on the subject of the 21st president.
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30 John Abner Mead-1841
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Jim Davidson hosts a program entitled "West Rutland in the 1920's As Seen Through the Camera Lens of Frank Hinchey". The program is filled with individual and group photos of West Rutland in the 1920's. All the photos are from the family archives of Frank Hinchey who was involved in West Rutland education for over 40 years as teacher, coach and administrator. Few people know that Frank took hundreds of photos of what went on around him. Fortunately, many of his negatives survive. His...
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Tamarack Notch Girl Scout Camp in Mendon
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"Two Early Rutland Films". Jim Davidson and Chuck Piotrowski co-host the showing of a 1914 movie film of events at the Rutland Carnival in downtown Rutland and at the 1914 Rutland Fair. This 10-minute film is the oldest Rutland film in the Society's collections. The second film is a 9-minute 1919 film taken at the Rutland Fairgrounds on the occasion of an honor day for the Rutland County veterans of World War I. The films are silent films with brief textual commentaries.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Two Old Rutland Films, Rutland, Vermont
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Mount Saint Joseph Academy Yearbooks
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Jim Davidson hosts Dylan Duncan, one of the producers of Ghosts of Vermont, a video production which focuses on four Vermont ghost tales. The program includes the Whipple Hollow ghost story of Frank Kurant. Jim Davidson provides a short historical segment on the history of Whipple Hollow. The program discusses the genesis of the idea for the production and some of the difficulties that had to be overcome.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Ghosts in Vermont, Rutland, Vermont
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This program, entitled "A Climb To the Star," features still photos of the interior of the Congregational Church tower from the entrance of the church to the top of the tower. The program ends with a series of beautiful panoramic views of Rutland from the tower. Architectural features of the church, in and out, and some historic photos are included.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Grace Church in Rutland Vermont, A Climb to the...
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Jim Davidson hosts a program entitled "The Changing Ways That History Is Conveyed". The program offers brief vignettes from Rutland's beginning to the 1920's. There is a sampling of visual material from sketches, paintings, photographs and even early movie film from 1914. Textual material is delivered through poetic verse, narration, and documents. There are even a couple of artifacts used to illustrate the point that Rutland's history can be, and has been, conveyed in many ways...
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Rutland Bicycle Club Roller Skating Rink-1884
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Elaine Purdy, President of the Society, and Jake Sherman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, discuss the range of Society activities. The program includes some pictorial material of Society activities.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Society Activities, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts this program that features photos from the photo album of David H. Sawyer of Rutland who took most the photos around 1898. The photos show buildings and streetscapes of 100 years ago in Rutland. Clothing and everyday and seasonal activities are also illustrated. Jim provides a narration of identification where possible and a narrative commentary on life of that time.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Photo Album of Rutland 1898, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Tim Grover, Associate Professor of Geology at Castleton State College. Professor Grover describes the geologic history of the Rutland County area from 500 million years ago to a more recent time of two million years. He explains what happened during these early geologic times and the causes of the changes that took place. His presentation includes a discussion of the formation of the many minerals under the surface of the earth in Vermont. The mining potential in Vermont is...
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James Cassarino, leader of the First Republic Brass discusses the history of the organization. The program includes a number of video clips from First Republic Brass concerts. There is a discussion of Rutland's musical history and some pictures and commentary on the Society's summer dance program.
Topics: Historically Speaking, Rutland Historical Society, First Republic Brass, Rutland, Vermont
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Footbridge Over the Rutland Railroad Yard-1894
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Flood of 1927 in Rutland-1927
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Ripley Music Hall in Rutland-1868
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The production of 100 episodes of" Historically Speaking" seemed worthy of a special acknowledgement. "The Talegatorz", a 1920s old time jazz band, accepted our invitation to be part of our celebration. The members of this group bring the viewer back to the 1920s and the era of vaudeville.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, 100th show, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson narrates a video that was created from a single glass plate panorama of Rutland that was taken from the tower of the Congregational Church in 1890. The first half of the program prepares the viewer for the tour by a study of the 1890 maps of the Rutland stores and businesses. Hosted by Tom Carpenter.
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Jim Davidson presents a program on the tour of the Mediterranean and the Near East taken by Egbert C. Tuttle and Dr. John A. Mead, both of Rutland, in the spring of 1903. The program features selected items from E. C. Tuttle's three scrapbooks of the tour. The two-month trip included stops at the Madeira Islands, Gibraltar and Spain, Algiers, Malta, Athens, Constantinople, Smyrna, Beirut, Palestine and the Holy Land, Egypt, Naples, Rome, Monte Carlo, and Nice and Paris, France.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, 1903 Mediterranean Tour, Rutland, Vermont
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Michael Dwyer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, is the guest on a program about genealogy and family history research. Michael, a high school history teacher and a genealogist, uses a nearly 20 year search that he made for the roots of Nora Higgins Tree as a case study of the problems and difficulties to be found in family history research. He makes particular note of the technological advances in the computer world that greatly reduce the time involved in research and greatly increase the...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Genealogical Research, Rutland, Vermont
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Tom Carpenter presents an illustrated program on Banks, Banking and Money that is a video adaptation of a program that he presented at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Society. The program provides a copiously illustrated discussion of early Vermont coinage and paper money. It also traces the history of Rutland banks, including photos of most of them. Hosted by Jim Davidson
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Banks, Banking and Money, Rutland, Vermont
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"Rutland in Retrospect On Disc" - Jim Davidson of the Society describes and demonstrates many of the features to be found on the computer disc re-issue of the long out-of-print "Rutland In Retrospect." Chuck Piotrowski hosts and manages the many illustrations and features of the disc as described by Jim. The disc reissue of the pictorial history offers new features including a table of contents, searchable captions and text and an ability to enlarge images to three times the...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland in Retrospect (Book), Rutland, Vermont
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Dot Whitford hosts Carole Curry in a fascinating program on "The Restoration of Antique Wedding Gowns" and the reuse of other antique fabrics. Mrs. Curry is a professional restorer of antique clothing and offers numerous ideas on the reuse of pieces of antique fabric. Young and old, men and women, will be delighted with the great ideas shared by Mrs. Curry.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Antique Wedding Gowns/Fabrics, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Monty Butterfield of the Rutland Railway Association and Linda Doty, Chairperson of the Proctor Fall Festival in a presentation on Rutland Railroad Day 2005 and the Proctor Fall Festival which were held on 24 September 2005. The program discusses briefly the history of the Rutland Railway Association and the Proctor 'Our Yard' project. Details of the events of the day are thoroughly discussed. The day included a train trip from Center Rutland to Proctor and back to Center...
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Tom Carpenter hosts Michael F. Dwyer who offers a program on Franco-Canadian immigrants to the Rutland area. After a brief discussion of the change from French names to English names, Michael relates the periods and causes for Franco-Canadian immigration to Rutland. Anyone doing family research in French-Canadian families will find this program of immense aid.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Franco-American Immigration, Rutland, Vermont
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"Recreation". Jim Davidson of the Rutland Historical Society presents an overview of the history of recreation in Rutland. This includes the development of music and sports in Rutland's history. A number of buildings were built and primarily used for entertainment purposes. Rutland soon became the county center for entertainment from many traveling entertainers and later a center for movie theaters. The organization of a Rutland Bicycle Club in the 1880s stimulated great interest in...
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Notes From The Past, Rutland, Vermont
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Jim Davidson hosts Michael F. Dwyer in the seventh of the series of episodes on the genealogy of ethnic groups in Rutland. This episode discusses the immigration of Swedes to the Rutland area. The program exposes the myth that most Swedes were farmers. The important role of the Lutheran Church in preserving the records of Swedish families is highlighted. The program also explains the confusing elements of Swedish names which can be daunting to the uninitiated.
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The Cemeteries of the Old Town of Rutland. Chris Book and Tom Giffin, Rutland City Cemetery Commissioners, are guests for this program. The program includes images of most of the cemeteries, old and new, of the old Town of Rutland. The program also discusses some of the issues and problems in the proper preservation of cemeteries. The programs for the preservation and care of the graves of military veterans are also discussed. Jim Davidson hosted the program.
Topics: Rutland Historical Society, Historically Speaking, Rutland Cemeteries, Rutland, Vermont
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Grand Army Memorial Hall-1883
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The Ad Hoc TV Committee edited and shortened an 1994 videotape which documented the selecting, cutting and transporting of the 1994 National Christmas Tree from Vermont to Washington, D.C. The Green Mountain Bulldawg Chapter of the Antique Truck Club of America was prominently involved in the moving of the tree. The program is introduced by Tom Carpenter. Thanks to the original video, the program is replete with seasonal music and makes a very timely piece. The program concludes with seasonal...
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Lincoln Iron Works. Jack Crowther presents this program on the history of the development and demise of the Lincoln Iron Works. This industrial complex was one of three major heavy industries in the heart of Rutland City. Established in 1868, it operated until the 1960s. Numerous businesses occupied the buildings until 2012 when the Vermont Farmers Food Center purchased the complex for a winter farmers market. Jim Davidson hosts the program.
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Jim Davidson hosts Society President Helen Davidson and Vice-President Dorothy Whitford in a discussion of the volunteer needs and opportunities at the Rutland Historical Society. Success in Society operations is generating more interaction with the public. This increase in activities requires more volunteers to meet present and future needs. This program, which appeals for additional volunteer help, details the needs of specific Society activities.
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A Ride on the Rutland Horse Streetcar in Winter-1888
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"Water, Water Everywhere". Very early in Rutland's history water power was the only source of power for d kinds of mills. This episode discusses water as a power source, as a short-lived canal idea, as an essential for personal use and its role in recreation. The program also deals with the development of water and sewer systems and the current issues caused by the aging water and sewer systems, many over 100 years old.
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Jim Davidson hosts this program that features Dorothy Whitford, Society Research Committee Chairperson, in an interesting conversation about how Dorothy got involved in genealogical research. Dot tells a number of research stories both humorous and intriguing.
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The Rutland 1884-Map. Clifford Giffin, Jim Davidson, and Chuck Piotrowski were members of a team that put together the scanned CD version of an 1884 Map of Rutland that is approximately five feet by five feet. The program illustrates some of the equipment used and the steps taken to bring this fascinating map to a CD. Some samples of the CD are shown.
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"Civil War Medical Care." Bob Ranftle of the Rutland Historical Society presents a brief overview of medical care in Vermont prior to the Civil War. During the Civil War problems in medical care led to major changes, many of which were led by Dr. Jonathan Letterman. Some Rutland doctors serving in the Civil War were also leaders in the changes. The Civil War became a turning point in the history of American medicine.
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Dancing in the Rutland area in 1939-1939
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"Public Safety". Jim Davidson of the Rutland Historical Society talks about the history of crime in Rutland and the protection from crime, particularly theft. Crimes of violence were infrequent. Protection from crime was pretty much in the hands of the county sheriff. As the population grew, so did crime. In the 1880s a village police force performed the police function. As the city of Rutland was organized a small full-time police force was employed. The program also talks about the...
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Blizzard of 1888 in Rutland-1888
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"Settlement, Conflict and Government". The first episode discusses the 18th Century land controversy with New York and the credit problems of an economic system based on notes and accounts. The issues of home ownership and foreclosure threats and the credit impasse of the economy remind viewers that these issues have a close relationship to today's issues.
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Jim Davidson hosts Michael Dwyer in a program on the Irish immigration to Rutland. This program is the fourth in a series on Rutland immigrant groups and the challenge to find their ancestors. Name variations can cause serious problems for the novice family history searcher. Another problem is the all too common use of the same names in multiple generations. Michael brings a great deal of light to the problems of Irish immigrant searches. Many Irish in Rutland came through Canada. Sources for...
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Escape of Prisoners from House of Correction-1900
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Old Rutland Swimming Holes
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Chuck Piotrowski is the guest presenter of a program on the history of electricity in Rutland called "Electric Rutland". The program includes some of the technical progress in generating and distributing electricity, the issue of mergers and advertising and creating a public awareness of electricity.
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Blizzard of 1888 revisited-1888
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Berwick or Town House fire-1973
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Jim Davidson hosts Michael F. Dwyer in a program devoted to ten tips for family researchers when they get stuck in their research. In a lively interchange, Michael shares some key strategies for getting past the 'stone wall' that researchers run into sooner or later. These tips are the practical 'down to earth' advice from a long experienced genealogist.
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Billings Covered Bridge Burns-1952
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Tom Carpenter hosts Michael F. Dwyer in a presentation on the Italian Immigration to Rutland in the early 20th Century. Michael discusses the problems in finding ancestors names in the Ellis Island records, which are now accessible online, and offers solutions to the problems. He also talks about the two major locations in Italy and Sicily from whence most of Rutland's Italian immigrants came. This program has been very popular.
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Tom Carpenter hosts Michael F. Dwyer in a program discussing health in Rutland one hundred years ago in 1903. The program covers the prevalent diseases and illnesses of the day and the treatments of that period. Death accompanied many conditions that would be considered minor today. Public health was just beginning to be overseen by a public health officer. Much of the material for the program came from the city records for deaths in Rutland in 1903 and the city report of the public health...
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